I’ll be the first to admit that I hated writing my résumé. When you’re unhappy at your job, the last thing you want to do is pour over the details of all your responsibilities. To set yourself up for success, one of the first things you need to do is: create a professional email address.
Don’t be in a rush and desperate to send off that résumé! As a recruiter, I generally spend about 30 seconds looking at your qualifications. The first thing that jumps out on your résumé is your name and your email address. Take a couple of minutes to assess that your email address is professional. This is an easy way to make sure that your résumé isn’t thrown away before it’s reviewed. Prove your worth before the face to face interview. Keep yourself on an employer’s radar with these easy tips for the perfect email address.
Choose Your Hobbies Wisely. If you’re going to use an email address that has to do with one of your hobbies, make sure it’s an appropriate hobby. Inappropriate examples? Here are some I’ve come across: ‘420king’, ‘rockuhard‘ and ‘Willing2please’. Yes, these are immediate red flags and give the wrong preconception to the employer.
Don’t Claim up on Motherhood. Email addresses that imply motherhood really need to be avoided. I’m not heartless; seems like not a big deal right? Let’s look at this mom’s seemingly innocent email address: ‘Mommyworker‘. This is much more telling to a recruiter than you know. To you, the applicant, it might mean you are a strong woman ready to take on the world. However, to a recruiter, the mind could run wild with questions about home situations, your age and your kid’s age. Will you be calling out a lot? Make sure the recruiter stays focused on your résumé, not your hypothetical home life. Age, religion, sex, race and gender are all protected rights. Recruiters should be unbiased and are trained to be. Unfortunately for applicants, choices are ultimately left to the recruiter’s discretion.
Don’t Include your Job Type. What happens if you suddenly need to apply to something outside of your chosen field? ‘Techy4hire’ is wildly inappropriate if you suddenly need to apply for a customer service job. In the eyes of a recruiter, each job requires a set of different skills. When looking over 100’s of resumes and I need only one candidate, I want to pick the person who is most passionate about the role. ‘Techy4hire’ just worked against you, especially if I need a touchy-feely customer service person. You might have the exact experience needed, but you just got passed up.
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Excessive Numbers and Odd Spelling. If it takes more than a minute to verify the spelling of your email address, the recruiter is going to get annoyed. Definitely not the tone you want on your first phone interview. It’s imperative that we have the correct information on file. Incredibly, time sensitive information goes out via email. The power of automation is rearing into HR. Background checks, offer letters and negotiated salaries are often sent by email and this requires quick action. Keep it simple for everyone.
Be Mindful of Your Industry. Designers, creators, editors, as well as bloggers, should have an email address that includes their own custom domain. As a recruiter, I would expect a graphic designer applicant to have not only have a portfolio, but also a personal website. Email addresses such as mine: Samanthaj@thrisingdamsel.com show that I take myself seriously. Recruiters appreciate the effort. Appear polished and professional when you are promoting your own brand.
What to do instead?
When you are creating an email address, a smart idea is to take the opportunity to highlight a work related attribute or strength. ‘Samlearns4life’ suggests a thirst for knowledge. ‘Caringworker4hire’ highlights your compassionate nature. Both are great employee attributes. However, an email address such as ‘Princess4life@’, may suggest a combative personality and or someone who is unresponsive to training. See how that works?
If you have made these emails mistakes, don’t fret. I have absolutely called people with questionable email addresses. Chalking it up to naïvety, but at some point in your career that no longer flies. Nip it now.
Keep neutral with your email address to easily pass go on a résumé check. Don’t give a recruiter anything other than your shining experience to consider.
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Are you guilty of these mistakes? Have you ever been embarrassed by your own email address during an interview? Questions and comments are always welcome. I really hope that this post helped and will get you closer to financial freedom!